Thirty-three countries have French as an official language and it is spoken on every continent. Concordia's French students can travel with expert faculty to some of these countries through the college’s study away program. You'll also have the opportunity to live the language right on Concordia's campus by being a part of the French Honor Society or French Club, tutoring children in French, meeting for informal French chats at our French Café or perhaps even living in the French language residence.

Programs of Study

Whether you are planning to use your French for international business and travel, teaching or even translating, Concordia’s French department has a program for you.

Major or Minor in French

Studying French will prepare you to be able to communicate through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Consider pairing a major or minor in French with a major in international business.

Major in French Education

This major will prepare you to teach French to students in grades K-12.

Major in Elementary Education with an add-on endorsement in World Languages 

Optional endorsement for elementary education majors.

Special Opportunities

From French Club to teaching preschoolers to summer camp, there are many engaging opportunities to practice your language skills outside of the classroom.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

20 additional credits in French at the 300-level and above

Students seeking licensure to teach French must also fulfill the requirements for a major in education. See the education section for requirements. For additional information about teaching French, see the chair of world languages and cultures or the chair of education.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

4 additional credits in French (excluding FREN 220, FREN 317/WLC 317)

Teaching French to 4-Year-Olds

Read more about Macy Westerberg's experience teaching French to preschoolers.


Your French major or minor could take you anywhere in the world. Recent grads are teachers, interpreters, translators, volunteers in the Peace Corps, working for the State Department, running successful businesses (or working their way up the corporate ladder), photographers, writers, film directors, flight attendants, graphic designers, social media coordinators, psychologists, doctors, lawyers, and more.

French can stand alone as a major or combine with any other major in campus.

Anna Dovre '17

Studying French at Concordia got me involved with Concordia Language Villages while I was a student and I was able to go on the weekends during my gap year before medical school. I am so grateful for the experience and relationships I made while working at the villages and many have remained an important part of my life. I also think my language and liberal arts background at Concordia made me a unique med school applicant and has helped me be successful in my postgraduate studies.

Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Major(s): French with Chemistry minor

Currently a first year medical student at UMN-Twin Cities.

"Overall, I've been really grateful for the ways that French has continued to pop up in unexpected ways in my life, and really enriched my experiences, both socially and professionally, in unexpected ways."

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Major(s): French

Currently working at UL doing IT desktop support

"I taught English in South Korea for 2 years and in Japan for 3 years. I think my struggles in learning French helped me to become a better English teacher."

Hometown: Willmar, Minnesota

Major(s): International Business and French

Currently pursuing a masters in Global Policy studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

"French has allowed me to communicate with other francophiles from Africa, Canada, and other Islanders! Being in a masters program with a global focus, speaking another language was a pre-requisite."


Hometown: Howard Lake, Minnesota

Major(s): Elementary Education, with a concentration in French.

Currently working as a special education paraprofessional and interviewing for teaching positions for this fall.

"I loved living in the French apartment and hosting events. It was a sense of community and a lot of fun. My education from the French program was great for learning about different cultures and becoming more aware of others."

Hometown: Laurel, Maryland

Major: French and Global Studies, minor in International Relations

Currently pursuing a masters of arts in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and civil Society Development at the American University of Paris. 

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Chair, World Languages and Cultures; Professor of French French, World Languages and Cultures, Women's and Gender Studies